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Existing with Ego’s Emotional Pop-up Screens

By KM Huber

If we listen only to our ego, we are never enough and never will be. The essence of ego is a constant chatter for that is how it thrives. Ego is not concerned with what choice we make, ultimately, for as soon as we decide, ego switches to the choice not chosen, cheerfully reciting consequence after consequence.

At times, the chatter is deafening.

Yet, it is that duplicity that does the ego in, ultimately, for at some point, we realize we are caught up in ego’s never ending drama. Ego is like a pop-up on the screens of our lives—drama on demand—our choice is whether to allow ego in awareness or to click on it and get lost in its storyline.

The choice is ours and always available.

As humans, we come equipped with pop-up blockers–joy, love, gratitude, and compassion–where ego dare not tread for within these emotions there is no need for drama. When we are aware—mindful of the moment—we are enough.

Compassion, love, joy and gratitude help us to be thoughtful in our speech, not to take things personally, to stay present in all that we do so that we assume nothing about anyone or anything for when we are mindful, we really are doing the best we can.
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Still, some days it seems as if all we ever do is deal with our ego pop-ups. Ego seems to know our vulnerabilities better than we do no matter how hard we try to remain present. Why is that?

Michael Singer says that “reality is just too real for most of us, so we temper it with the mind….” Often, we just avoid those places where ego pop-ups abound; we run rather than facing what is occurring. Other times, we stay with the pop-up storyline for it is a drama we know.

It is not for us to cling to our ego nor to suppress it. It is for us to live with our ego:

Like two golden birds perched on the selfsame tree, intimate friends, the ego and the Self dwell in the same body. The former eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree of life, while the latter looks on in detachment.

Mundaka Upanishad

We are not our ego but we are the one who experiences emotions; we are the one who hears constant chatter. When we allow our ego to block us to our true self, we surf screen after screen searching for freedom from outside ourselves. It is in existing with our ego that we are set free.

We are partners with our ego, one emotional pop-up after another. If we view our emotions as passing thoughts, momentary screenshots, we ground ourselves in the eternity that is the life force, mindful of every moment we are given.

In life, ours is the compassionate response, grateful for the experience of living, of knowing love and joy. We live as we breathe, inhaling each moment only to let it go. We are alive, and that is always enough.


KM Huber is a writer who learned Zen from a beagle. She believes the moment is all we ever have, and it is enough. In her early life as a hippie, she practiced poetry, and although her middle years were a bit of a muddle, she remains an overtly optimistic sexagenerian, writing prose. She blogs at kmhubersblog.com, may be followed on Twitter @KM_Huber or contacted by email at writetotheranch[at]gmail[dot]com.

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